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Living in Dallas, TX Pros and Cons

Bret Chance

Integrity, hard work, do the right thing, problem-solving, professionalism, driven, teacher. Those are words that describe Bret Chance...

Integrity, hard work, do the right thing, problem-solving, professionalism, driven, teacher. Those are words that describe Bret Chance...

Mar 24 3 minutes read

Thinking of moving to Dallas TX?

We're going to talk about the pros and cons of living in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex.


U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex #24 in best places to live, #17 in best places to retire, and #2 best places to live in Texas. All based on quality of life and the job market.

Pros of Living in Dallas, TX

1. Affordability

Affordability is a big factor. According to, the cost of living and housing in Dallas is lower than the national average. But as you can see from the map, it will range throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex based on whether you’re in the city or one of the suburbs. Overall, we’re seeing most people moving to the area are coming from places like California or New York, where the cost of living and housing is much higher. 

2. Job Market

Along with affordability, the Dallas area is known for its job market. Some of the biggest companies in the world have headquarters in Dallas including Southwest Airlines, AT&T, ExxonMobil, JCPenney, Toyota & State Farm. In the Dallas area, the top industries are technology, financial services, defense, business & educated-related.

3. Recreation

There is something for everyone and for all ages. From 200 golf courses, to art & science museums, amusement parks, the symphony, hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, and water skiing. And of course we have five professional sports teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Stars, the Dallas Mavericks, FC Dallas & the Texas Rangers.

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Cons of Living in Dallas, TX

1. Weather

If you can’t stand 100 degree temperatures, you will hate July and August in Dallas. The summer can be brutal, which is why so many homes have pools here. And then there is the Springtime which is prone to tornados and heavy rain storms. The weather in the Dallas area can change drastically very quickly. You have to be prepared for anything - even freak snow storms.

2. Traffic

Traffic can be another issue, especially at rush hours. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex covers over 9,000 square miles. And there isn’t much public transportation. The area is growing, and many people are living further away from the city. The average commute time is about 30 minutes. 

3. Scenery

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is pretty flat. Lack of scenery like mountains or oceans can be a big con for some people. It’s not necessarily a pretty place to live. But if you choose to drive out of the city a bit, there are some scenic places.

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